Festivals and carnivals

The more eccentric the festivals, the greater the fervour with which we embrace them. St George’s Day is celebrated at concerts and creative events around the country with parades, maypole dancing and thrilling enactments of St George slaying the dragon. May Day fêtes on village greens mark the start of summer. Be entertained by a Morris dancing troupe and the crowning of the May Queen. On Bonfire Night, join a parade through towns where effigies of the traitorous Guy Fawkes are held aloft and eventually burnt. Cheer as the fireworks light up the smoky November sky.

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Celebrate of all things Sunderland at the Sunderland Festival

Celebrate of all things Sunderland at the Sunderland Festival

Every year new elements are added to make the Sunderland festival bigger and better, promising a fantastic weekend full of activities for everyone.

Location: Sunderland, Tyne and Wear

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Enjoy jazz at Southport International Jazz Festival

Enjoy jazz at Southport International Jazz Festival

Head to Southport in Merseyside to listen to some of the best jazz musicians from around the globe.

Location: Southport, Merseyside

May events
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Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

Cheer on a winner at the Northumberland Plate Festival

Put on your posh frocks and have a little flutter at one of the biggest events in the North East horseracing calendar.

Location: Newcastle, Tyne and Wear

City
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Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Enjoy the festive season at Worcester’s Victorian Christmas Fayre

Worcester's Christmas Fayre is the West Midlands' leading Victorian-themed street market.

Location: Worcester, Worcestershire

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Thrill yourself with some mayhem at Broadway Cinema

Thrill yourself with some mayhem at Broadway Cinema

Satisfy your need for thrills and spills, as Broadway Cinema delights you with their weird and wonderfully gruesome Mayhem Film Festival.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

Rainy day ideas
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Kendal Mountain Festival

Kendal Mountain Festival

Whether you’re into clawing your way up mountains, sliding down them, jumping off the top - or just watching others do it - this gathering of adventure sports fans is a must.

Location: Kendal, Cumbria

Extreme Sports
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Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Read and be merry at the Ilkley Literature Festival

Book lovers simply can’t miss this prestigious literature event in the Yorkshire Dales.

Location: Ilkley, West Yorkshire

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Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Seafood, real ale and free music in bundles

Throw three sheets to the salty Scarborough wind, with a smorgasbord of food and drink fit the most famed of seafarers.

Location: Scarborough, North Yorkshire

Coast
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Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Indulge your inner book worm at the St Ives Literature Festival

Discover why the twentieth century’s great writers and artists found their inspiration in the fishing town of St Ives.

Location: St Ives, Cornwall

Coastal towns
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Watch a live opera performance at the Buxton Festival

Watch a live opera performance at the Buxton Festival

Take your seats and enjoy a summer celebration of music, art, opera and literature.

Location: Buxton, Derbyshire

Music and nightlife
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Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Get your gourd at Slindon Pumpkin Festival

Take park in this celebration of gourds and squashes, including an unusual form of pumpkin art, within a National Trust village in West Sussex.

Location: Slindon, nr Arundel, West Sussex

Free
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Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Take in a weekend of jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival

Hear old school traditional to cutting-edge contemporary jazz at Marsden Jazz Festival.

Location: Marsden, West Yorkshire

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Enjoy music without the fuss at End of the Road Festival

Enjoy music without the fuss at End of the Road Festival

The intimate surroundings of the End Of The Road Festival give you the chance to get up close and personal with the bands and their music.

Location: Larmer Tree Gardens, North Dorset

Forests and woodlands
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Celebrate a unique musical heritage at BRASS Durham International Festival

Celebrate a unique musical heritage at BRASS Durham International Festival

Brass is given a modern twist with art installations in the streets and a dose of contemporary hip hop, at BRASS Durham International Festival.

Location: Durham City

Budget
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Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Join the parade at Notting Hill Carnival

Dance to the steel pans, see amazing costumes and enjoy a slice of the Caribbean at Notting Hill Carnival, the biggest street carnival in Europe.

Location: Notting Hill, Greater London

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Party in the City during the City of London Festival

Party in the City during the City of London Festival

Each summer the City of London Festival brings the City's buildings & spaces to life with music, street arts, film, walks & talks; much of it free.

Location: London, Greater London

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Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Enter Daphne du Maurier’s world through the Fowey Festival

Use the Fowey Festival as an opportunity to explore the town and countryside that inspired Daphne du Maurier.

Location: Fowey, Cornwall

Coast
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Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Step back in time at Broadstairs Dickens Festival

Celebrate the life of Dickens at the week long, eclectic festival.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Festivals and carnivals
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Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Get literary with Words by the Water Festival

Don’t miss this exciting literature event, Words by the Water A Festival of Words and Ideas, which is set by a lake surrounded by the Northern Fells.

Location: Keswick, Cumbria

Literature, film and TV
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Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

Watch a world premiere at the BFI London Film Festival

There are over 200 films to choose from at London’s most accessible and exciting film festival.

Location: London, Greater London

Literature, film and TV

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